Salon 195's nail professionals primp and pamper hands in the comfort of an elegant, homey studio. Excited fingers tap excitedly on the arms of a fireplace facing velvet sofa in the salon’s waiting room, before a nail tech escorts them inside to trim nails, clean cuticles, and slough away old wallpaper, leaving tips ready to be painted in a choice of colorful polish. Those in search of longer-lasting shine can opt for a gel manicure, which dresses digits with a durable, mirror-like finish, and both options are supplemented with a dip in paraffin wax, designed to soften and hydrate the hands, and keep them from sticking to spatulas.
The friendly aestheticians at Bellezza Salon and Spa stave off stress and prettify toes with a menu of relaxing pedicure treatments. The one-hour spa pedicure begins as walk-weary feet are eased into a soothing bath where streams of warm water unwind knotted ligaments and relax tight tootsie tendons. Unruly phalanges face a phalanx of file-wielding pedicurists who meticulously shape each nail and curb each cuticle while pumicing rough, calloused skin and trimming off excess pie crust from the nail’s edge. After the shaping, an exfoliating foot scrub smoothes skin that is made extra silky with the application of a moisturizing lotion massaged into each foot, setting remaining tension free and relocating it to a peaceful farm in the country. Finally, a hot-towel wrap swaddles each newly shaped and softened leg paddle, locking in hydration, and ensuring comfort as each of the 12 toes receives a precise, confidence-boosting polish.
Larisa Boguta discovered an interest in tailoring garments at a young age, so, after attending college in Europe, she worked at tailor shops in the United States to expand upon the skills required to open her own business. Larisa’s Tailor Shop is the culmination of her more than 15 years of tailoring experience. She specializes in both men’s and women’s clothing, as well as more involved projects, such as wedding gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses.
Maggie Rosen transforms dull and chipped keratin sheets into pristine tips within the walls of Salon Hermitage. She expertly curtails cuticles for maximum nail exposure before festooning tips in regular or long-lasting Shellac polish. She also marries fingertips with eye-catching acrylics or 10 thimbles for extra protection.
Manhattan native Mia Scofield opened Mia's Nails Creations & Day Spa 16 years ago. Today, her 10-person team of stylists and nail technicians administers a range of beauty and spa services, including manicures and pedicures, haircuts and coloring, waxing, and facials. Mia heightens each experience with warm interior décor, from the lush comforters draping the private spa beds to the soft-blue walls enlivening the light-soaked salon space. Committed to giving back to the community without having to massage every rigid sapling, the spa often shakes up charity auctions by donating various service vouchers.
The skilled beauticians at Amy’s Nails Plus help visitors maintain their fingers’ dignity with relaxing nail services administered amid copper-framed mirrors, pendulant drapery, and wooden bookshelves. During spa pedicures, patrons recline in cushioned wicker chairs while yielding their feet to a soothing massage that incorporates sea salts, lotion, and serenades from onlooking clouds. An artist then reshapes saw-tooth nails and bedecks toe tips with vibrant polish. For quicker nail rejuvenation, the trained digit doctors dole out express mani-pedis, treating both feet and hands to a fast filing and shaping session. Guests can also opt for a full set of gel nails, which adds eye-catching length to fingertips so they can fill out roomy falconry gloves. An application of gel nails provides a natural-looking alternative to acrylics and results in little dehydration to the natural nail when removed.
In the olden days, small businesses advertised on knight shields and miniature businesses advertised on fingernails. Today, fingernails are a more personal advertisement for you and your personal style. That's why licensed nail tech Ashley Rodriguez tailors services to unique personality and preference of the individual. Clients can solicit her expertise for an express manicure, or opt for a full-on pampering package complete with nailcare, massage, hydrating mask, and soothing hot-towel treatment.